Today’s topics is backing up your work. Backing up your work is for your protection. OK, so you don’t want to tie up valuable computer or tablet space with a ton of backups. That’s fine. The back up should be on a different device anyway. If something happened to your computer or tablet, there goes all your hard work. No one really wants to do hours, days, or months of work all over again because the computer crashed or someone messed up your files. Maybe you deleted a large tract of text and then realized that you deleted far too much. Accidents happen. It’s a good idea to plan for them. Backing up your work on a daily basis is just good planning.
You need to back up your work. No matter what it is, you need to back it up. I can’t stress that enough. If you don’t back it up, you could lose it. It’s as simple as that. I have created a folder on a network access storage drive that I use to put copies of my work on. That means that my work is backed up in multiple places since I have a dropbox account where the work is also backed up. Dropbox backs things up automatically. You can use an external drive like a flash drive or a backup hard drive to back up your work. I’ve been known to use that as well. All you really have to do is save your work.
I use scrivener which will do an automatic backup every time I close the file, so that it is backed up to wherever I designate it to back up. In addition, I can copy the file to a backup location and back it up that way. Backing up your work is just plain good sense. Whether you use the cloud to hold your backups, a secure location on your network, or just a thumb drive, backing up your work is the smartest thing you can do. If you want to keep your writing project or whatever you are doing, you should back it up. If you can, backing up your work to multiple places as I do, is wise. I have more protection from data loss that way.
I have backups in the cloud as well. I can access the backups from anywhere and it only takes a minute to restore my work. It beats recreating it all from scratch. That’s the point. Using a thumb drive, the cloud, or just a place on your computer to store your backup is just good sense. However you do your backup, do it and do it often. You will be glad that you did.
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